Introduction to QGIS: Understanding and Presenting Spatial Data – November 2021

In this two part introductory course we will give you an overview on how GIS works, and what we can and can’t do with spatial data. We assume no prior knowledge of GIS and will explain how to get data into the GIS as well as how to produce maps using your own data.

This course requires no prior knowledge of GIS or spatial data. A level of basic computer experience is required; such as using websites, Word and saving & moving files.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to set up QGIS and add data
  • Understand how to add data based on coordinates
  • Know how to join tabular data to spatial data
  • Be able to undertake calculations
  • Classifying data for a choropleth map
  • Designing and producing a publication ready map in QGIS

The course will run in two parts:

  • Tue 9th November 2021, 10am – 1pm (UK time)
  • Wed 10th October 2021, 10am – 1pm (UK time)

The costs are:

  • Standard registration – £170
  • Students – £90

The cost includes 2 x 3 hour sessions with small group tuition, and a one hour individual session with me up to 1 month after the course to talk through your project or other GIS work in more detail. Videos of the sessions will also be available to participants for up to 3 months after the course.

Note: you have to have signed up for a place and paid to take part.

To register, please fill in the registration form.

If you have any questions, please email me for more details:

Schedule and More Details

Day 1: Tue 9th November
9:45am – 10:00am
Time to get setup, make sure audio and video is working
10:00am – 10:45am – What is GIS & Spatial Data?Introduction to the course and to QGIS
10:45am – 11:30am – Practical 1: Intro to QGISPractical session where you follow a workbook practical with one-to-one help from me
11:30am – 11:45am – Break
11:45am – 12:15pm – Classification Discussion and exercise on choropleth maps
12:15pm – 1pm – Practical 1: Intro to QGIS Practical session
Day 2: Wed 10th November
10:00am – 10:20am – Recap and Making MapsRecap and Cartography & Map Design
10:20am – 11:30am – Practical 2: Making a MapPractical session
11:30am – 11:45am – Break
11:45am – 1pm – Practical 2: Making a Map and Working with your own data Practical session and time to work with your own data with me

We will be using Zoom for the sessions, and to take part, you will need to install QGIS on your computer. More details on both of these will be sent out in advance of the course.

Before, during and for at least three months after the course you will have access to a private discussion group where you can ask questions, network with others on the course and get one-to-one support from me.

During the practical sessions, there will be a workbook for you to go through (with me available to help). It will be helpful for you to have a second monitor available so you can have your QGIS window on one screen and the workbook open on the other. If you do not have a second monitor, you can print the workbook, or I can post you a printed copy (an additional charge may be made for posting outside the UK). Please contact me for details.

The day will be structured with a mixture of presentations (from me) and time to work on practical exercises. The group is limited to 12 participants, so I will have time to help each of you individually with your work.

If you have any questions about the plan or how things will work, please email me.